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Friday, January 16, 2009

Daughter for beer in US

Marcelino de Jesus Martinez sold his 14-year-old daughter in California to marry a neighbour in exchange for beer, meat and $16,000. Police arrested the intended groom, 18-year-old Margarito de Jesus Galindo, for alleged statutory rape. Marcelino de Jesus Martinez faces charges of human trafficking, statutory rape and child cruelty. This all came into light when Marcelino de Jesus Martinez a member of the indigenous Mexican Trique community went to the police asking for help after his neighbour failed to pay up. Police believe the girl went willingly with Mr Galindo, but under California law she is under the legal age of consent and cannot marry. Greenfield police chief Joe Grebmeier said state law trumps cultural sensitivity.


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